Dempster Highway - Drive, Hikes and Bikes in Spectacular Fall Colours!

Getting there:
It' a 590km drive from Whitehorse to the Dempster Highway.  Dawson City is a good place to buy gas since the gas station at the insection of Hwy 2 and 5 burned down in 2012 and hasn't been rebuilt. Dawson City is the closest place to buy gas before the Dempster until you get to Eagle Plains 363km north so best is to not mess around and gas up there. 5 days were spent exploring the Dempster by Toyota, foot and bike.

More Trip Details and Photos can be seen here.  

Camping and Hotels:
There are three official campsites along the Dempster; Tombstone Campground at 73km, Engineer Creek Campsite at 194km and Rock River Campsite at 447km. You can stay in hotels at Eagle Plains at 371km, Fort McPherson at NWT 86km and Inuvik at NWT 272km. You can pull out at other locations to camp but be warned that not all locations have water and protection from the wind. You'll also take chances with wildlife (moose, grizzlies, black bears, foxes etc).

Highway Conditions:
Many people call this highway treacherous. During 5 days on it, only one day was wet. While dry the highway is in great shape. After it gets wet it does get more slick due to the road surface composition. However, if you've done some off-road driving it's not all that bad. Another hazard is that you will be distracted by the stunning scenery and fall colours. People find it hard to imagine so many shades of red, orange, yellow as seen here; this area will officially spoil anyone for any other fall colour experiences.


The best resources to use to help you experience the Dempster Highway are Walter Lanz's Along the Dempster and the Government of Yukon Travelogue. Both provide mileage markers and route details. The Lanz book offers more information on camping and hiking in the area. You can purchase these at the Tombstone Visitors Center. Fall has the best colours and no bugs, Fall Photos can be seen here